I will be returning for a visit to DC over Memorial Day Weekend after many years’ absence. Two of us want crabcakes, and one of us wants soft shell crabs, and oysters as an appetizer. Price range: entrees not exceeding $25 or so. Atmosphere – not too noisy (a little noise is okay, but not where you have to shout to be heard), pleasant surroundings (not a bar type atmosphere, but doesn’t have to be fancy), must take reservations, and I don’t want a place where you are squeezed in. I want my 89 year old father to be comfortable. Location – in D.C., not the suburbs. I have read a lot of the reviews on this website, and many of the seafood restaurants recommended have entrees in the $30+ range. Tabard Inn and Old Ebbitt Grill both have crab cakes, soft shell crabs and oysters at an acceptable price level, although the Tabard Inn is a little more expensive than I would have liked.
Is Tabard Inn or Old Ebbitt Grill better, in light of all of these factors? I don’t know anything about McCormick & Schmidt – I know it has seafood, but I don’t know about the atmosphere or whether or not the food is good. Should I consider M&S as well? Thanks for your help.